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[p. 39] look about for another to succeed him. In May, 1712, their choice fell upon a young man of twenty-three years, Mr. Aaron Porter, who accepted the call and became the Reverend Mr. Porter by his ordination on February 11th next following. Notwithstanding a violent snow-storm on the preceding day, it is said that more people came than could get inside the meeting-house. The town made generous provision for their entertainment, appropriating eight pounds therefor, but somehow the expenses doubled, as at the March meeting the bill amounted to sixteen pounds. At the same meeting were presented the bills incurred at the fast-day occasion that preceded the call of Mr. Porter—one from Ebenezer Brooks for ‘neats toong & cheefe at ye fast 00-03-6,’ and one from ‘Capt. Peter for veall at ye fast, 00-06-3,’ and another from Mrs. Hall ‘for intertainment of ye ministers at ye fast, 01-02-00.’

The meeting-house had been built for sixteen years, and some minor repairs were made. John Whitmore, Sen.'s, bill was ‘two days & halfe mending meeting-house fence 00-07-06,’ and ‘nail to mend ye meeting-house 00-01-00, two casements & caping them, 00-07-00 & two turned posts for ye meeting-house, 00-05-00.’ Three shillings per day would hardly satisfy the carpenters of the present time. The windows not only needed new sashes but glass, and twenty-nine shillings and six pence were required for this, and Ebenezer Nutting, who was the constable, put in his bill for 00-02-8 for stays and hooks for the windows. Stephen Hall's charge for work and hooks and hinges for the meeting-house, was 00-07-6. Stephen also furnished three shillings and four pencea worth of posts for the fence. From these items we may readily see that there was a sort of renovation made with the coming of the new minister. Unfortunately, we may never know the items that made up the sixteen pounds expense at Mr. Porter's ordination. If they had ‘veall, neats toong & cheefe’ at the fast, we may be assured that on this occasion, the first of its kind in town, the best, both solid and liquid, was provided.

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